surfing as exercise ?

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  1. LuciferBowels

    LuciferBowels New Member

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    I Just started surfing. The main reason why I'm taking up surfing is because running is boring as shit and I have enough time to take up an active hobby. Has anyone here surfed, what kind of a workout did it give you?
     
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    its really good if you are actually surfing. paddling out and floating in the water for 3 hours isn't a good workout.
     
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    bear frankly rover i dont give a "woof

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    Better than sittin on your ass.
     
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    it's one of the few upper body cardio workouts I guess, I know it always tires me out which is why everyone sits on the other side of the break haha
     
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    like hockey, it can replace squats
     
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    paddling out can be difficult, but thats about it. I don't think I'd consider it a substitute for cardio
     
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    retorq What up bitch??

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    I came here to post this. :naughty:
     
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    You'd be better off rowing, it's pretty hard to paddle a board constantly for an hour
     
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    I don't think there is any real substitute for running. The human body is designed for high impact foot travel, you can substitute it with whatever, but running is essential in my book.
     
  10. xSteveO

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    huh? surfing and floating are the easy parts. ever paddle out in a 10 ft hurricane mess? it'll kick your ass for 15 minutes. I'm pretty big into surfing, but I live in the wrong place for it. I like to get out when there's actually a weekend swell, which is rare, and IMO it keeps me in great shape. No replacement for cardio unless you're going daily though
     
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    I'm not disagreeing with you at all. Surfing is good excersize though.
     
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    essential for what? :hsugh:
     
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    Essential for causing long term bone and joint damage. :dunno:

    Essential if you want to be bored out of your fucking mind.
     
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    For good health.
     
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    That's ridiculous. Man evolved for a life of walking and running every single day of their life, for most of the day. Not riding bikes and swimming.
     
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    Ya but right now I just axed out all of my cardio because I hate it so much. I have to play sports or be active to get cardio. Right now I play beer league softball and soccer and i'm going to surf 3-4 times a week.
     
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    It's actually shoes that cause the issues, not running itself.

    I'm pretty sure I read about it here, something about the body not compensating for the impact properly due to the cushioning effect of shoes, resulting in more joint stress
    http://nymag.com/health/features/46213/
     
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    A lot of shoes take away the springyness and fluidity of your step, which puts a lot more stress on your bones/joints/etc.
     
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    where are you surfing?
     
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    as long as you're doing lots of paddling, both to get out and catch the waves, then you're at least giving your shoulders and chest a good workout
     
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    well I work out 4 days a week already. I just want to shed some body fat.

    I am surfing in LBI, NJ
     
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    so it's physically impossible to be in good health if you don't run? so if you do exercise that mimics running (as in the cardiovascular demands) but does not hurt knees, ankles, etc. then it is not enough? i am confused. there are no healthy people on earth that don't run?
     
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    Listen I'm not saying that, I just think running is one of the fundamentally human movements and would make it one of the main components of any general training program. I think if you try to substitute it with some other type of less stressful cardio you're robbing yourself of a very practical skill. Any sport, any army, many activities require you to be able to run, not ride an elliptical or whatever.
     
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    Whether it is good cardio, I don't know.

    As an exercise, however, I think it is really good. Ofcourse this depends on where the break is and strengh of the current/waves. I remember surfing always leaving me sore and having to put a ton of effort into it. You guys also have to remember that often surfing is an all morning or all afternoon activity. He'd be out there burning calories for 3-5 hours of the day instead of 20 minues on the bike.

    personally, i'm leaving this week to go surfing for a month! so excited.
     
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    fuck walking or running, shits over rated anyway. god damn bipedaling bastards. only fundamental movement that i need is to push a joystick forward. :mamoru:
     
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